Australian Bureau of Statistics
4610.0.55.007 - Water and the Murray-Darling Basin - A Statistical Profile, 2000-01 to 2005-06
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/08/2008 First Issue
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Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) modelling shows that almost 67% of the MDB is used for agricultural purposes (growing crops and pasture), as shown in table 1.3. The ABS 2005-06 Agricultural Census found that 84% of land in the MDB was owned by businesses engaged in agriculture. This shows that some parts of agricultural holdings were not necessarily used for growing crops or pasture.
In 2005-06, the MDB contained 888,000 square kilometres of agricultural holdings as reported by farmers in the ABS Agricultural Census (table 1.4). This was 20% of total land held by Australian agricultural holdings. Most agricultural area in the MDB is located in New South Wales (512,136 km2) and Queensland (234,213 km2). While South Australia has the smallest area of land in the MDB when compared with the other MDB states, more of this land is held as agricultural holdings (95%).
This page last updated 14 August 2008
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